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    Watch this video for a lesson in how to check your oil!

    Last updated 17 days ago

    Checking the oil in your car is a very important process, as the right amount of oil is essential for the efficient functioning of your vehicle. Watch this video for a lesson in how to check your oil.

    Under the hood of your car there will be a small yellow or orange loop. If you have difficulty finding it, consult your owner’s manual. Pull this loop out to find a stick attached to it. When you first pull it out, you will need to wipe it off completely. Once you have done so, insert it back into the slot and remove it again. Check the dots at the end of the stick to determine your car’s oil level; if the oil does not reach the dot, your car’s engine oil is low.

    Murray’s Auto Clinics is an automotive repair service that provides the Silver Spring area with brake repair, emissions repair, and other important automotive repair and maintenance services. Feel free to call us at (240) 450-2478 or visit our website to learn more about our services.

    Top Signs That Your Car Needs a Transmission Flush

    Last updated 23 days ago

    Your transmission is an integral part of your car. When it comes to typical automotive maintenance, a transmission flush should be performed every 30,000 miles or two years; however, this is not always the case. Here are a few of the top signs that your car needs a transmission flush now.

    Grinding

    When you hear strange sounds coming from your vehicle, this is typically an indication that something is in need of repair. Grinding sounds may signify a problem with your transmission. With the engine running, check the transmission fluid and make sure the color is the proper bright red. The grinding sounds coming from your car may be due to low levels of fluid or a contaminated transmission; in this case, it may be wise to have a transmission flush now.

    Slipping

    You may need an immediate transmission flush if your transmission is having trouble keeping your car in the appropriate gear. Just as a lack of transmission fluid can impair the transmission’s ability to provide enough pressure, the same symptoms may occur when your transmission is dirty. A buildup of dirt and other debris may obstruct the path of the transmission fluid, making it difficult for the transmission to keep the vehicle in gear.

    Delay

    In the event that your car stalls after you put it in gear, check the transmission and fluid for any visible problems. If you do not notice any issues and the transmission is otherwise not problematic, the issue may lie with unclean transmission fluid. In this case an immediate transmission flush should correct the problem and cease the vehicle from stalling before movement.

    If you think your car is in need of a transmission flush, call Murray’s Auto Clinics at (240) 450-2478. We are an automotive repair shop that operates out of Silver Spring, and we specialize in brake and emissions repair. Please visit our website or stop by and meet with us if you would like to know more about our auto repair and maintenance services.

    "I have been a customer of Murray's for more than 14 years." | Murray's Auto Review

    Last updated 28 days ago

    I have been a customer of Murray's for more than 14 years. I would not go anyplace else! The staff is always courteous and helpful. The price is reasonable and they never ever perform unnecessary repairs or try to rip you off. Thank you Murray's! More
    Deborah Reeves

    Understanding Your Car's Camshaft

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Your car is an intricate machine that works thanks to a series of different parts all working in concert with each other. The camshaft is one of the parts that allow the engine to function. The camshaft allows a mixture of air and fuel to enter the engine and allows the exhaust byproduct to exit the engine. The camshaft uses cams to open and close the appropriate valves in order to facilitate engine performance. The timing of the opening and closing of these valves must be perfectly precise and relative to the motion of the piston. The faster your engine is spinning, the faster the valves must open and close. 

    For more help in understanding your car’s camshaft, call Murray’s Auto Clinics at (240) 450-2478. We are Silver Spring’s home for brake repair, emission testing, and other automotive repair services. Feel free to stop by or visit our website to learn more about our auto repair and maintenance services and specials. 

    How to Tell When Your Brakes Require Service

    Last updated 1 month ago

    There are a multitude of reasons why the brakes are among the most important components of your automobile. The most crucial reason is that they help to ensure your safety and the safety of other drivers on the road. That means you need to keep your car’s brakes in tip-top shape. Keep reading for a few tips on how to tell when your brakes require service

    Sounds

    Not only do your brakes allow you to stop your car at a moment’s notice, but they notify you when they are worn down with a loud, high pitched squeal. It is important to listen for this noise because although it is loud enough to be heard from inside the car with your windows rolled up, your radio and other loud noises may impede your ability to hear it. You should also listen for a grinding sound; this indicates that your brake pads are fully worn down, in which case you should take your car in for repairs or risk extensive damage.

    Vibrations

    There is one case in which your brakes should pulse and vibrate, and that is when you slam on antilock brakes. If you regularly feel this vibration then you may have a problem with your rotors. This is most likely to occur in vehicles that frequently traverse steep hills or tow trailers. Another factor could be the alignment of your wheels. Take your vehicle to an automotive repair shop if you experience vibrations in the brakes.

    Maneuvering

    If your car’s handling resembles that of an old shopping cart, your brakes may be at fault. A stuck caliper may cause the car to pull to one side. This same symptom may occur as a result of uneven brake pads or a collapsed brake hose.  

    Do your brakes require service? Contact Murray’s Auto Clinics. We provide the Silver Spring area with a variety of auto repair and maintenance services including brake repair, emissions repair, and other auto maintenance services. You can find out more by calling us at (240) 450-2478 or coming in and meeting with us today.

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